I get out of balance quick with social media.
I’m guessing not.
Admitting that you’re a high user of social media is like being caught in the McDonalds drive through at midnight. No one wants to admit they do it but we are all guilty of hitting Ronald McDonald up for a double quarter pounder with cheese with no onions large with a sweet tea.
That’s just an example, I swear.
You’re judging me.
Anyway, I catch myself scrolling, refreshing, liking, requesting, laughing at a cat meme, refreshing, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling.
I felt a little out of sorts so I decided that I would take some time away from social media.
While on my break I realized a few things I want to share with you.
1.) Social media is mostly negative.
We all know this and I’m not even sure I need to elaborate.
People slamming the waitress that didn’t refill their waters.
People upset over politics.
People sharing articles about corruption and the end of the world.
Bad news sells and most of us buy.
Negativity has a gravitational pull and it takes almost super human strength not to be sucked into it.
2.) Social media is highly narcissistic.
Let’s be honest. Very few of us post anything that makes ourselves or our lives look anything less than appealing.
Perfectly cropped, filtered and adjusted photos. The Starbucks drink, the gym mirror shot, the holding hands with bae, the sunset with friends…on and on.
We all like the response.
We all count the likes.
It can become unhealthy, quick.
Often times our addiction for more likes causes us to compromise who we are just to get another high.
Could it be that we are underestimating magnitude of our “Like” addiction?
Maybe it’s just me.
I don’t know if social media would be as appealing without the like option.
Just a thought.
3.) Social Media is time consuming.
I recently read that the average person is on social media around 118 mins a day. That’s 43,070 minutes a year. That’s almost 10 days a year.
I’m just not sure social media has enough positives for us to justify this much time.
4.) Social media is too noisy.
There is just too much.
This was my main reason for a break.
I had to quiet myself.
I felt mentally occupied constantly.
I needed to disconnect for a bit.
In fact, scripture says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10)
I made myslef sit outside with no phone.
I made myself listen.
I went hunting.
I sat and read without checking my phone.
I laughed with people.
I tried to be in the moment.
It’s ok to quiet yourself occasionally and stop refreshing over and over.
Maybe you should quiet yourself.
Who knows you may like it.